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Feb 16, 2013 1:30pm EST
security than today. >> roughly yes, congressman. >> there is a rhetorical energies spent about this, making the point that we want to make sure we keep our commitments to those who have invested for a lifetime in social security and medicare, a commitment i intend to keep. no one on either side of the aisle believes differently. if you saw that number and saw that we were going to increase by 40% by 2023, but you also knew that we would increase our workforce by 40% by 2023 so you had the same number of taxpayers footing the bill for those benefits, then you would not be nearly as alarmed by that number as you may be in a scenario that is different. i was hoping you could comment about the historical trend of how many taxpayers we have had purpose at the in those programs -- per recippient in those programs and where we are going in that same trend. >> we project that the labor force will grow much more slowly in the coming decades than and it has the past couple decades. one is the retirement of the baby boom generation. they boosted the labor force growth. as they retire, they wil
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